Library Lines: June 29

Submissions for Summer Show

This is the time for Wilton artists to show their “stuff” by bringing in two pieces of artwork on Friday, June 30, and Saturday, July 1, from 10 to 4 either day for entry in the 73 rd annual Wilton Artists Summer Show. For the months of July and August, the exhibition features the works of people living and working in Wilton for all to see. Entries may be in the categories of paintings, pastels, drawings, or sculpture. Photographs are not accepted for this show because photographers can enter their works in the Wilton Art Council Focus exhibitions each March at the library. The two works must be framed and wired for hanging. The reception for the Summer Show is set for Friday, July 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public. The exhibition runs through Aug. 23. A portion of the proceeds from the sales benefits the library. For more information and entry forms, visit or stop by the circulation desk.

Summer poetry

Judson Scruton leads a four-part series, Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop — Metaphors, Madness, and Friendship, on consecutive Thursdays, July 6, 13, 20 and 27, from 10:30 to noon. The series explores the poetry of Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop, their extraordinary friendship and how it impacted their writing and perhaps influences people’s understanding of their poems. Judson Scruton, M.A (The Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, specializing in poetry), has taught creative writing and literature at prep schools and universities. He is an adjunct professor of English at Fairfield University. See the library’s registration link for more program and speaker details. Poetry packets are now available at the front desk. There is no charge for the program however advance registration is required.

Summer concerts are here!

The 17th annual Summer Music & More Concert Series gets underway at the library Thursday evenings in July from 5 to 6:30. This free popular concert series is made possible by the generous sponsorship over the 17 years by the Village Market. This year’s opening band is Over Easy, on Thursday, July 6, recreating the 60s harmonies and sounds of the British invasion from groups such as the Hollies, the Cyrkle, early Beatles and so many more. This lively threesome has engaging interactions with the audience, challenging them for band names, song titles, and lyrics. The additional dates for the series are July 13, Bob’s Your Uncle, a Wilton-based fund/blues band; July 20, Billy and the Showmen, 60s/70s R&B with lots of energy; July 27, Echoes of Sinatra with Steve Kazlauskas, a crowd-pleasing American Songbook/Rat Pack compilation. This will be Steve’s fifth straight year performing at the library’s summer concerts. The concerts and refreshments are free and open to the public. They take place in the Brubeck Room rain or shine with both indoor and courtyard seating. Wine is provided by Michael Crystal. There is no charge and no registration. The concerts are a wonderful way to spend a summer evening.

Learning to code

Students entering grades 7 through 12 are invited to five days of programming fun with Programming for Teens — Control Flow Logic on Monday, July 10, through Friday, July 14, from 10 to 11 each day. Teens will learn some basic HTML and JavaScript, sample code snippets, and write simple programs while practicing control flow logic — a key function to software programming. Using loops (e.g.; starting with the first sign-ups, offer ice cream cones to the next 10 sign-ups), if/else statements (e.g.; if we have sugar cones, put the ice cream in them; or else put them in bowls) and switches (e.g.; in case they are one of the first five sign-ups give them a free topping; in case they are the 10th sign-up, give them all the toppings; in case the sign-up is Donald Duck, give them nothing) and more, coders will be able to control the order of instructions or functions within a program. No experience is necessary. Attendees are asked to bring lined paper, pen or pencil and a thumb-drive or access to email. Registration is required.

Good reading in July

The popular New Yorker Shorts: 5 Weeks of Short Stories from the New Yorker Magazine runs Tuesdays, July 11, through Aug. 8, from noon to 1:30. Susan Boyar is back to discuss the published stories. For cooks this summer, Anthony LoFrisco visits the library on Tuesday, July 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss his book, The LoFrisco Family Cookbook: How Josie Brought Sicily To Brooklyn. Part cookbook, part memoir, the talk is sure to delight his fans and probably make new ones. To register for either or both programs, visit the library’s website.

Still time for donations

The library’s fiscal year closes in just a few days (June 30) and there is still time to make a much-needed donation to the Friends of the Library campaign. The library uses these funds to stock the shelves with the materials that people borrow every day such as large-print books, best sellers, feature film, foreign, and TV series DVDs, downloadable ebooks, magazines and music that people can take on their personal devices wherever they are going this summer. Visit the library’s website and click on Support the Library. There is still time.

The library is closed Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. The library is closed Sundays now through Sept. 3. To register for programs, visit and click on Events or call the Circulation Desk at 203-762- 6334 for adult programs, the Children’s Library at 203-762- 6336, Teen Services and Innovation Station classes at 203-762-6342.